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Western Kentucky RBs D’Andre Ferby and Anthony Wales were both named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List.

In his return from injury, Wales tallied 1,091 yards on 155 carries to accrue a 7.4 yard per carry average that was the fifth-best in C-USA history. That performance, which he managed despite playing in only nine full games, earned him a spot on the Second Team All-C-USA. Ferby, meanwhile, earned C-USA All-Freshman honors after logging 650 yards on 164 carries with 11 touchdowns.
Jul 28 - 6:37 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Nelson Fishback will be out 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

An early October return is likely the best that Fishback can hope for, here. More pessimistically, he could also miss the entire regular season if his rehab extends into that six-month range. In a statement, HC Jeff Brohm called it "extremely disappointing" for the 6-foot-2, 216-pounder. "He has worked hard to put himself in this position and is a young man who does all of the things you would want out of your quarterback," Brohm said. "Nelson has always been the kind of teammate you want to have inside and outside of the locker room." Fishback and redshirt junior Mike White (a transfer from USF) took the majority of first-team reps this spring and this is likely White's job to lose with Fishback suffering from the injury bug.
Jun 7 - 12:19 PM

Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor's broad jump of 137 inches would have finished No. 1 among all players at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.

Taylor also boasts a 4.33 second 40-yard dash and a vertical jump of 39 1/2 inches. Far from being an athlete who happens to play football, it would be more accurate to say that the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is a skilled football player who happens to be a world-class athlete. He set new single-season school marks last year with 87 catches, 1,477 yards and 17 touchdown grabs. Against WKU's strongest 2015 opponent, LSU, he hauled in 10 receptions for 103 yards and a score. Rotoworld's draft team sees a highly intriguing NFL slot receiver here.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 2:57 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee was the best selection in the fourth round.

Interesting, very interesting. Zierlein had a number of prospects to choose from in the fourth round (he specifically name-checked Willie Henry, Hasaan Ridgeway and Kenneth Dixon as players he graded higher than Higbee), but opted for Higbee-to-the-Rams at No. 110 as his favorite pick of the round. "With Jared Goff needing to find a safety blanket that he can grow with as he acclimates to life in the NFL," the analyst wrote, "Higbee offers a target with nice size, separation and "after-the-catch" ability." Not everybody views things so rosily. After the draft, an NFL scout wrote that the 6-foot-6, 249-pound tight end "has a lot of maturing to do, and I'm not sure he can mature fast enough." In a very related note, on Thursday, Higbee plead not guilty to charges of second-degree assault, second-degree evading police and public intoxication. There was talk that his early April arrest could effect his draft stock, but that did not occur.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 3:54 PM

Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault, second-degree evading police and public intoxication charges.

Higbee had his arraignment hearing on Thursday and as expected, plead not guilty to the charges levied against him for his role in an alleged early April altercation which left a man in the hospital. The 6-foot-6, 249-pounder is next set to appear in court on June 17. His legal troubles are not preventing him from acclimating to the NFL, though, as the fourth-round draft pick is currently taking part in the Rams' rookie minicamp in Oxford, California.
Source: USA Today
May 7 - 12:49 PM

Saints sign Western Kentucky WR Jared Dangerfield.

Dangerfield (6'2/214) spent two seasons with the Hilltoppers after transferring from community college, parlaying 151 receptions into 1,669 yards (11.1 YPR) and 19 TDs. Dangerfield's Pro Day numbers weren't made available to the media, but he's known as a sub-par athlete with concerns regarding his separation skills and ability to win versus man coverage. Lacking NFL-level movement skills, Dangerfield is a pretty extreme long shot.
May 2 - 3:15 PM

An NFL scout panned Los Angeles' selection of Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee in the fourth round.

"He is a major partier. That was his big problem, despite the arrests," the scout said. "He has a lot of maturing to do, and I'm not sure he can mature fast enough." Higbee was arrested last month and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication and fleeing or evading police. An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Higbee is "an idiot" whose legal problems go with "his personality, his reputation."
May 1 - 1:41 PM

49ers selected Western Kentucky CB Prince Charles Iworah with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Iworah (5'10/192) made 27 starts for the Hilltoppers, logging five career interceptions and earning All-Conference USA honorable mention from the league's coaches as a senior. His stock got a jolt at WKU's Pro Day, burning 4.34 with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Smallish and raw, Iworah offers developmental potential at slot corner.
Apr 30 - 6:34 PM

Dolphins selected Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty with the No. 223 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Doughty (6'3/213) started three seasons at Western Kentucky, wrapping his career with a 68.6% completion rate, 8.62 yards-per-attempt average, and 111:34 TD-to-INT ratio. He was voted Conference USA MVP as both a junior and senior. Doughty was a terrific lower-level college passer, but he is a classic system quarterback with sub-NFL arm strength and plodding athleticism. He'll have to lean on his accuracy and smarts to work his way into a No. 2 role.
Apr 30 - 5:42 PM

Rams selected Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee with the No. 110 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Higbee (6'6/249) converted from wideout to tight end before becoming a starter in his senior year, earning first-team All-Conference USA with 38-563-8 (14.8 YPR) receiving. A knee injury prevented Higbee from working out before the draft, but his athleticism pops on tape. Higbee has big hands (10 1/4") and dropped just one pass in 2015. He needs a ton of work as a blocker, however, and sent up red flags with an April arrest on charges of second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication and fleeing or evading police. Ultimately, Higbee is an intriguing pass-catching prospect with some obvious obstacles to overcome. He would have been a day-two pick without his legal troubles.
Apr 30 - 12:48 PM

The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson reports that Western Kentucky TE George Fant worked out privately for 13 teams and had five pre-draft visits.

We're most interested in the five pre-draft visits, as teams only get 30 of those and don't waste them on prospects they don't have interest in. Fant, a former all-conference basketball player at WKU, is a 6-foot-6, 295-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash between the high 4.7s and low 4.8s at his Pro Day workout. He's being considered as a possible defensive end, offensive tackle or tight end.
Apr 27 - 4:34 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee is "an idiot" whose recent legal indiscretion goes with "his personality, his reputation."

"He probably goes undrafted now," the scout said. "He's already hurt (knee)." Higbee was arrested earlier this month and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree fleeing or evading of police. "Interesting guy but durability is the question," one scout said. "He was productive. He has skills." According to the Sentinel, an NFL personnel man who investigated said Higbee punched a man who was hitting on his girlfriend at a bar. That specific source condoned Higbee's actions. "He's all banged up," a fourth scouting source said. "Little bit of pass-catching skills but doesn't block at all."
Apr 22 - 7:39 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that "[g]iven the medical concern and the arrest, [Western Kentucky TE Tyler] Higbee's stock is moving in the wrong direction."

Including Higbee as a potential slider in the draft might be low-hanging fruit (it might actually be fruit that is literally lying on the ground), but Reuter did just that in a rundown earlier this week. He noted that "even before his arrest on assault charges earlier this month, teams weren't sure they wanted to use a top-75 selection on Higbee, as he's coming off of a knee injury." The 6-foot-6, 249-pounder is recovering from surgery to his left knee meant to clear up an issue that limited him down the stretch in 2015. When healthy, he is as athletic as you'll find at the position. Unfortunately, health and skill are not the only factors here, as Higbee has also been charged with second-degree assault (among other things) following his alleged confrontation with a man named Nawaf Alsaleh earlier in April. Day 3 is probably the best Higbee can hope for in the draft at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 4:01 PM

NFL scouts have become "enamored" with Western Kentucky TE George Fant, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

One man's misfortune is another man's opportunity. So it is for Fant, who scouts dug into after Tyler Higbee's arrest on assault charges. Fant, a former all-conference basketball player at WKU, has workouts booked with the Bengals, Broncos, Cardinals, Chargers, Saints and Seahawks. He caught only one pass in 2015, but was obviously new to the sport. At a monstrous 6-foot-5, 296 pounds, Fant runs the forty in 4.8 seconds. "Fant has received consideration at offensive tackle, working out at the position for several teams, but scouts believe he's a good enough pass-catcher that he should drop weight and continue playing tight end," Pauline wrote.
Apr 13 - 3:41 PM

Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee will plead not guilty to charges levied against him from a violent incident that occurred over the weekend.

Higbee was arrested Sunday morning and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree fleeing or evading of police. Brian Lowder, Higbee's attorney, contends that the alleged victim followed Higbee's girlfriend to another establishment and then shoved her, causing Higbee to punch him. The police report backs up that the alleged victim, whom they didn't previously know, repeatedly bothered Higbee and his girlfriend that evening. The victim, Nawaf Alsaleh, had two previous DUIs and had been booked at Warren County Regional Jail five times, per legal records.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 3:09 PM


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